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How to Switch Your Background on Microsoft Teams

Mar 24, 2021 7:00:00 AM

If your business uses Microsoft Teams, you don’t need to have background envy of those who use Zoom. Microsoft actually has the same background changing feature as Zoom, and it’s easy to initiate. So, during your next meeting you don’t have to worry about a pile of dishes in your sink or an unkept bed in the background. Here’s how to change your background on Teams:

Changing Your Background

When you schedule a meeting in Microsoft Teams, you can use the calendar/meeting button down the left side bar. Once you initiate a meeting, in the queue (the window right before you join) there is a button right next to the camera toggle that says “background filters.” Of course, your camera needs to be turned on in order to make the filters available.

Once your camera is turned on, and you click on the filters button, a side panel appears from the right side of the screen with all the available backgrounds. You can simply blur the background or choose between different room settings or animated backgrounds.

But you don’t have to settle for the backgrounds that Teams provides. You can click the “add new” button above the available options and add your own background from a photo on your computer.

You aren’t limited to changing your background only when you were the one that initiated the meeting. If you join someone else’s meeting or are pulled into an impromptu video pow-wow, you can change your background there, too. Down the left side bar, you can click on the three dots at the bottom of the button row. An option should appear that says “show background effects” which is ultimately the same background changing side panel as before.

No need to be jealous of your Zoom friends anymore. You now know how to do the same with Teams!

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